The A.V. Club’s 20 best albums of 2017

There was too much to listen to in 2017—not just albums, of which there were once again thousands, a barrage of releases from major-label veterans and SoundCloud up-and-comers alike, all vying for your attention. There was just too much of everything: a persistent, buzzing storm of push notifications and free-floating…

Priests salutes teenage rebellion with Rod Stewart's "Young Turks"

“Young Turks,” Rod Stewart’s anthemic ode to youth rebellion, tells the story of two teenagers running away from home to be together despite their parents’ wishes, and it set the stage for a decade of hits. No strangers to defiance, D.C. punk band Priests chose to tackle the song for their Undercover. The result is a…

The best albums of 2017 so far

Even at just over six months old, 2017 has already given us more than enough good music to fill playlists from here until December—enough that it would be fine, really, if everyone just took a knee until next year. It’s also been an unusually busy year for comebacks: High-profile returns from the ’00s indie-rock class…

What are you listening to this week?

I’m going to be brutally honest: I think The xx is fine. I share neither the rapturous, openly weeping love for the band’s hushed pillow-talk murmurs that I’ve witnessed at its live shows, nor the rancorous, open contempt for its shy, minimalist mumbling that fills my social media feeds whenever the group happens to…